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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Plugging the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is no great challenge compared to what Iran has dealt with in the past, an official at Iran's drilling company said Sunday.

A long-standing adversary of the United States, oil producer Iran has offered to help fight the spill -- a gesture unlikely to be taken up by Washington which is pushing for new U.N. sanctions against Tehran's nuclear program.

Two U.S. cabinet members were to visit the Gulf Coast on Sunday, underscoring serious concerns over what some believe may be the worst oil spill in the United States.

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